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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has taken place every year since it first began in 1978.
Each year, for 44 years, nothing has stopped us from gathering to celebrate together, to call for change and to remember those who came before us.
In 2022, despite the great uncertainty of what March will look like for us, we will honour our commitment to continuing the legacy of delivering a Parade for the community.
The Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday 5th March at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The SCG gives us the best chance for the Parade to proceed safely, no matter the COVID situation next year.
The safety and health of our communities is always our paramount concern. The Parade brings together people from across Australia, regional and remote areas, young and old and we have a duty of care and responsibility to make sure we can provide the safest environment for all.
Our team is working hard to bring you a vibrant festival for February and March. We look forward to revealing our full program of fabulous events in November.
The SCG is one of the safest venues for us to stage the event and meet requirements of physical distancing and contact tracing, two significant COVID Safe operational requirements of NSW Health.
Our priority with planning the 2022 Parade was ensuring we can once again deliver a safe event. Despite some restrictions starting to ease, there’s still uncertainty of what March is going to look like for us. We can't guarantee that in the next few months things will be back to normal and we can safely have hundreds of thousands of spectators on the streets.
Physical distancing, double vaccinations and contact tracing will likely be essential for major events to proceed next year and we’ve had to factor this into our planning. Unlike operating a traditional Mardi Gras Parade on Oxford Street, the SCG has the infrastructure available to best manage the safety of our communities.
The Parade is too important to risk having to cancel. So right now, when decisions need to be made, the SGC is the best option for us to guarentee that we can come together to keep the spirit of Mardi Gras' history of protest and celebration shining bright.
No, we plan on returning to Oxford Street, the home and heart of Mardi Gras, for its 45th anniversary in 2023 as a feature of Sydney WorldPride, the first WorldPride held in the southern hemisphere.
Yes, double vaccinations will be a requirement for all events and for all ticketholders, artists, participants, volunteers and staff unless you have a medical exemption.
Mardi Gras is for everyone. It brings together 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds. We have a duty of care and responsibility to make sure we can provide the safest environment for all.
The small price for general admission tickets will help cover the significant costs of operating a COVID-Safe event in this format.
Mardi Gras members, 78ers and lifetime members will receive two complimentary tickets to the Parade and in November will receive more information on how to redeem these tickets.
A hardship ballot with 3,000 free Parade tickets has been set up to support those who are experiencing financial strain and cannot afford a ticket to Parade. Applications for the hardship ballot open on 15 November.
No. When the Parade returns to Oxford Street it will not be ticketed.
The Mardi Gras Festival will make a grand return next year from 18 February – 6 March 2022.
Next year’s Festival will feature a packed program of events spanning theatre, visual arts, parties, community gatherings, panel discussions and more.
The full festival program will feature a host of beloved events as well as some new surprises to be announced in November.
Absolutely! It takes an army to host an event like Mardi Gras, and we would love all the help we can get. Applications for volunteer opportunities are open, see here.
Expressions of interest to be part of the Parade are now open. You can apply here.
We are working closely with NSW Health to develop a COVID Safe plan to deliver Fair Day in 2022.
There will be changes to Fair Day to bring the event in line with NSW Health guidelines. This may mean a reimagined site layout and scale, capped capacity or registered session times.
Expressions of Interest are currently open for Fair Day 2022. To apply to have a stall, see here.
We are putting our best efforts into bringing the community a Mardi Gras Party in 2022. What exactly the Party will look like at this stage is still being worked out.
Whatever form the Party takes, it will continue to celebrate and support our community’s artists and talent.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on.
We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to other First Nations peoples.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.